Stéphane asked me what Grand cru white Burgundies I work with. I told him that I think of this wine as perhaps the best Grand cru white Burgundy that I work with, as I find its sense of implosive dry extract absolutely remarkable, as compelling of a Chardonnay wine grown on limestone as anything i’ve encountered. In my not so humble opinion, it clearly deserves a place on the world stage as one of the greatest white wines of the world. Just three barrels made in ’16 (75 cases) made, I get 2 of the 3 cases that are coming to America. Again, in the solar ’15, in spite of its power/richness, this wine is positively weightless and imploded with limestone driven minerality, its purity is absolutely crystalline. This is a long distance runner of a wine, all about its tightly coiled limestone driven power that could stand to be carafed for several hours prior to being served young. A little * awarded here.
“I love the elegant and mineral 2016 Arbois Chardonnay Clos de la Tour de Curon, a restrained, shy and austere Chardonnay from a historical place in Jura where legends like Camile Loye had vines. In fact, Stéphane Tissot works those vines now, vines that are quite old and produce balanced juice and go to Gravieres, but this is produced from the vines at the top, in the clos surrounding the tower. There is very nice integration of all the components here, with more freshness than the 2015. This is a structured and serious wine that should age for a very long time in bottle. Seven barriques produced about 2,000 bottles and some magnums.” 96 Stephan Reinhardt